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Departed Series Star Anthony Geary Leaves The Door Open At GH: “If The Story Is Interesting To Me And It Works Out, I May Come Back To The Show For Six Weeks Or So.”

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After all the goodbyes, tributes, and the final episode of Anthony Geary’s (Luke Spencer) on Monday’s General Hospital, there is still another twist that the eight-time Daytime Emmy winner leaves behind.

In a feature that ran this morning from Lynette Rice at Entertainment Weekly, Geary informed her that he would still be open to the possibility of returning to GH, if it was the perfect storm for him when he related: “If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so.”

General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini echoed Tony’s sentiments by sharing: “It’s not a question of him being able to stay or come back. It just has to be a good enough, solid to bring (him back).”

Contrary to popular belief, the iconic star says he is not completely over playing his Port Charles alter-ego: “I’m not sick of Luke. He’s an infinitely fascinating character.”  Geary went on to elaborate saying, “I really don’t think we have exhausted what he can do. It depends on the writers and how far they want to look. We had just been repeating ourselves for a while. I had become a dad, a grandfather. There was no way I was going to stick around to become just another guy. If they come up with something, a twist, I would come for it.”

So, what do you think about hearing what Tony had to say?  Would you like to see him return at some point?  If you were writing a story for Luke to come back, what would it be?  Or, do you think you just leave the character off the canvas for good and never to have him return ? Comment below!

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Carltini fan
Carltini fan

Funny he says this after Carlivati gets kicked.

Genie
Genie

Noooooooo!!!!!

I am finally watching again solely because Anthony Geary has left. Please don’t come back!!!!!

ConnieMac
ConnieMac

Puhleez!!! I was doing the happy dance until I read that. Do us a favor and stay gone.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah like Tony is or was the problem with GH! Look around, Nina Franco, Nathan, Denise, TJ, Sabrina or Morgan ring a bell?

Jeremy
Jeremy

ugh… Oh lord, he’s back! (well, close to being back…)

Timmm
Timmm

Go watch Days!

Jeremy
Jeremy

that’s precisely… what I already do!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

You and a HECK of a LOT of others who have been driven away from GH as evidenced by the ratings. I know I’ve stopped watching and I have loved the show for decades. Yes, Nina, Franco, Denise, Dr. O, Kiki, Madelaine are reasons why. But SO is Luke and TG’s egotistical selfishness in protrayting him.

lellingw
lellingw

Yup

Carlos
Carlos

Was hoping he would bow out gracefully like Susan Flannery or Peter Reckell.

But no, this is the egomaniacal “I am God” Anthony Geary. Ugh!

me3
me3

Lmao @ Carlos! He wouldn’t know grace if it bit him in the azz. If they let him come back to this show after he bragged about fighting with GH’s writers since the 90’s, then they deserve whatever happens to this show.

dolores
dolores

good actor – good character – his storyline, as others, were going down hill on a quick slide…I’ll welcome the old friend back when he and the storyline are ready

lellingw
lellingw

Maybe the stories will get better.

kelly
kelly

Carltini fan – it is no secret that Tony Geary was more than irritated with Carlivati.

Michael
Michael

His storylines were terrible with the most ridiculous one dragging out the Jake/Jason identity forever.

Carol Ann
Carol Ann

Not happy one bit with this late-breaking news. Not one bit.

davlestev1
davlestev1

STOP IT JUST STOP IT..enough with the over the hill hero/anti hero and send sonny into sonset..see what i did there…

Carol Ann
Carol Ann

We need to see if Michael Fairman can make sure that Anthony doesn’t come back. He has a lot of pull in the soap world and he is always watching out for us, keeping it fair.

Lynne rice
Lynne rice

Wow I can’t believe all the tg bashing. Personally would love to see him back at some point

Liz
Liz

I wonder if his tune has changed because RC was fired. There was definitely no love loss between him and RC. He didnt like the way he wrote. I miss him already!

jonboy
jonboy

Yeah, his tv guide interview made that very obvious.

Reagan
Reagan

It could certainly have something to do with it, but to me it’s a little like the retiring QB. He gets tired, beat up & sore during the season and wants to retire. Then after some time at home to refresh, he misses it and wonders if he should play another season. It happens all the time in sports and I think it happens in acting, too. It probably helps thinking that the writer he doesn’t like is gone. A worthy six week arc could be better than the horrible ending they gave him.

lellingw
lellingw

Very true. And it was bad.

megan
megan

I think TG is over-rated, and has been for a longtime. He is a ham, but he is also responsible for the poor storytelling for his own stories, he has the authority to interfere, dictate storyline etc. He did it for his own departure, so if it is fine to fire RC for poor storytelling, I think it is fine to prevent TG from ever returning to GH. He has done more than RC to put the nails in GH’s coffin. And it was RC, not TG who helped to save the show two years ago.

Luke, glad you are gone and stay gone

davlestev1
davlestev1

yes megan he needs to go go go..you ain’t gone yet? GO

Ann
Ann

What else is there for him to do? Perform Jihad on Port Charles? Open up a wh*rehouse? Create his own brand of booze?

elm51
elm51

well lulu could have some type of medical crisis then he could come back for 6 weeks for that type of storyline……………jmo

lellingw
lellingw

Maybe Jennifer Smith just got more appealing. Or Helena gives him a call. Will he bring some Nepali refugees to live with the Quartermaines?

Ann
Ann

Alice would be so jealous of those refugees spending quality time with her Mr. Luke. 🙂

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Seriously! How much more of a “twist” does Geary need?! He’s already been an alcoholic, had DID, tried to bomb his own family, ran over his own grandson, killed his own parents .. is there anything else Luke can do to shock us? NOTHING would surprise me now. Unless he wants to atone for his big FU to Luke&Laura fans, I hope he stays gone.

lellingw
lellingw

Maybe he could return to claim the mayor job and actually perform it this time.

Timmm
Timmm

I suppose you are pissed at Prince Charles for remarrying after him and Di were divorced? Get over the whole Laura thing!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Timmm, Prince Charles & Di were a real-life couple. Luke&Laura are our “fairytale” couple. The supercouple of ALL supercouples! They have to end up together. 30 million people would NOT have tuned in if they thought that Luke was going to end up with Tracy.

Reagan
Reagan

If Jane decides to exit the role of Tracey– which I hope is NO time soon– he would probably come back for her exit story and have the characters leave together. If they find a descent recast for Lucky or Ethan and have an actual good story (not that silly mess of what was supposed to be an epic adventure) he could return.

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, he would return for Jane in a heartbeat. Lucky was played by Greg Vaughan before and he did a wonderful job. As for Ethan, not necessary, his history isnt that important.

Carol Ann
Carol Ann

Not happy about this one bit.

Can’t we send him to “Days of Our Lives” or one of those web soap operas. Not happy about this at all!

Lana
Lana

No thanks, Tony. Bridges have been burned with at least this fan.

Harry
Harry

I completely understand, Lana and feel the same way.
However, I understood Geary’s comments to mean that way down the road he would consider making a couple of cameo appearances if the writing was there.
Maybe the beautiful exit from which we were cheated could finally be delivered.

lana
lana

Understood. Maybe I just need a long break from TG. ha.

Kathy
Kathy

It’s probably best if he stays where he is and basks in his decision to begin this new chapter. It sounds like he doesn’t feel complete unless he can complain about the LnL days. He has (for the most part) gotten his way with the writers in the 30+ years since LnL. Maybe HE is the one who should “get over it”. And I say this a Tony Geary fan. It pains me to read interviews where he sounds so resentful, year after year. Find contentment in your new chapter Mr. Geary, please.

Harry
Harry

Well said, Kathy.
I have a love hate relationship with Mr Geary with which he is blissfully unaware.
However, I completely agree with you here.

lellingw
lellingw

There’s a huge Vincent Van Gogh festival in Amsterdam. Maybe he could find something inspirational in that? Has he cut off his own ear yet, and returned to Port Charles with a whore that he declares the love of his life? And there is Van Gogh’s final ending. Luke could return as a great misunderstood artist and Tracy takes care of him. Until….

vinman
vinman

Enough alredy…..exit stage right……like now!

vinman
vinman

*already

jonboy
jonboy

Sometimes in life you just need to move on, try something new….

Ann
Ann

Sounds exactly like what Tony has said in interview after interview.

Difficultdiva
Difficultdiva

Yet, Tony Geary continues to come back. It’s not for a “right story”. He comes back for the check.

jonboy
jonboy

He’s a decent actor. He should spread his wings and try something different. Heck. he’s not getting any younger. What’s he got to lose?

LindaTNo1
LindaTNo1

After all that media coverage on his retirement, and now this lack of credibility wishy washy talk, he has lost my respect. The country, the nation, the world gave him a very nice send off into retirement and now trying to flip the switch on everyone who was happy for him and glad to see him ride off into the sunset into a well earned retirement life, for him to lose his credibility and have no ounce of self respect in him, I hope he stays in retirement for good. Anthony Geary does not deserve the respect of the world anymore. Disgusting and so disregard for those who gave him the time of day.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

He’ never said he was retiring. He said he was leaving GH to pursue other roles since he’d played Luke for so long. I doubt ” the world” is very concerned what Tony Geary does with his career…and I think it’s his prerogative to change his mind…or perhaps want to keep the door open. And, I see nothing he said or did to incur anyone’s wrath. He’s an actor…his decisions shouldn’t have any impact on anyone else’s life other than to miss the character or not.

Dawn
Dawn

Totally agree with you, Rebecca. So much hatred towards TG. They can all kiss his and my pearly white rears. I agree with him on LnL. They had their time and I think that even Genie would agree that the story had played itself out. It was destroyed years ago by writers who had no clue how to write for these characters and completely destroyed them. It has never been the same since then and I happen to love Luke and Tracy together. Second of all, you are right, it doesn’t affect any of the fan’s lives whatsoever. He didn’t say he changed his mind. He said he was leaving the door open and leaving as a possibility. THAT IS SOMETHING HE SAID ALL ALONG!! Wake up people, and get real. He didn’t diss you, LnL fans. He just wanted to do something different and keep it interesting for him and for you…

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, I blame Tony Geary for climate change and for the fact that I have gained ten pounds.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Dawm it gets beyond tedious to hear the “outraged fans” about what an actor on a show says and does. I understand that many of us have invested time watching…we’ve developed likes, attachments, etc. I have my gripes, i like continuity, realism and good characterizations, stories. But at the end of the day it’s a TV show. Lol, people have to calm down!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry,.wasnt it the Casdadine’s responsible for climate change? I heard they were working with Gore. So, no. You can’t blame Tony. Perhaps you were so riveted watching the Fluke story you hunkered down daily with chips and Crispy Creams, If so, yes…you can blame him. By the way…the weight looks good on you,

megan
megan

TG has done quite a bit to earn the ire of fans, including as I mentioned in an earlier post, insist on dark storylines for his character, rewrite his own text, and it was he who wanted the send off he received–no flashbacks, and certainly no laura. He has also regularly shown his disdain for the show and its fans, though somehow some people–many fewer than before thankfully–revere him.

He has no sense of what most fans find entertaining, and personally I think he is also over-rated. I don’t get the love for this character, never have and never will.

TG can stay gone

Timmm
Timmm

Finally, someone with an open mind!

kelly
kelly

Linda- Tony Geary said he is going to do some acting away from GH. It’s not a crime for him to want to do other projects.

davlestev1
davlestev1

GEEZ KELLY..the actor is gone..the character is overcooked and the landscape needs to move away from him like it did to him in the eighies..time to move on and make GH a new thing for a new era…bring in Ellen Wheeler as executive producer NOW NOW NOW…she can even make Altman/Passanante look good.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Enough already! They made such a big deal about him leaving now stay gone! His character has been useless! Go while you still have some dignity left! Stop only doing it for the money!

Vicki Black
Vicki Black

Ok, writers, get busy. Any clues as to what Tony would consider an interesting story? I would love to see more with Ethan, Robert Scorpio – Indiana Jones kind of stuff.

Frank
Frank

Yes Vicki, I agree with you. Please bring back Tristan Rogers as Robert Scorpio. Bring back Ethan and Holly. That would make our day, for all soap fans.

lana
lana

I really wish we could get Ethan back! NP really grew on me during his stint. But, alas, he has a good thing going in prime time. well deserved…

jonboy
jonboy

He’s certainly not doing much of anything on YnR

T. Thomas
T. Thomas

He could stay gone. According to Nathan Varni from a twtitter post, apparently TONY GEARY didn’t want any flashbacks for his last episode. So you know where to direct your ire at. And anyone that doesnt want to film their last scenes with Genie Francis can pick up there gift bag at the exit door.

Harry
Harry

So what if Tony did not want flashbacks? The buck stop with Frank Valentini and ABC, not with Tony Geary.
Had they written a decent goodbye scene for Luke and Laura complete with a smattering of flashbacks, Tony would have gone along with it.
It’s absurd that NV is trying to blame Geary for the bad writing and poor executive decisions which were made.

T. Thomas
T. Thomas

He isnt blaming anyone. A fan asked a question and he answered. And from my humble opinion, Tony Geary got what he wanted. And that I cant blame on writing. But hellz yeah, I also blame FV and ABC for giving him that much power to run things. On one hand Tony loved the story when it was going the way HE wanted. He only started to hate it when they tried to redeem him, which where is where most of the friction started. There is blame to go around from everyone, ESPECIALLY TG. There are many more hands involved in this show from Higher Ups in the Mouse House than just Ron C.

Headwriting a show isnt like it used to be. So many corporate agendas, episodes guarantees have to be met, plus accommodating every network note and change that they want. So at the end of the day what starts off in the writer room vs what we see onscreen can be very challenging. And to be honest there are only 2 soaps left with a semi-full control. And thats BB & Days cause they arent owned outright by the network.

The writing may have been uneven at times, but Im not gonna buy that this was all Ron C’s fault. And MANY soap press folks are saying the same. Plus I dont take much stock from folks that contradict themselves in interviews. Months ago he loved Fluke, now he hates it. And Im not buying the whole he was still employed. Many actors on soaps have voiced displeasure when they werent happy with Storyline. So for me, Im happy he’s gone, cause now SL’s dont have to be dictated by his vacations, and all of his wants and needs. The show can get back to finding its center and core. And with him gone, I truly believe the show can possibly do that.

megan
megan

Ifind it interesting that everyone is to blame for the lousy stories of Luke but TG, even though he is one of the writers of his on stories and has story approval and clearly also enough clout to insist on stories without Laura.

I agree, Valentini should not be catering to him let alone any other actor, but Tony has writing authority etc in his contract, and so he is also to blame for a terrible story. Many of them in fact. But and this is why I do not respect him–he never takes responsibility. Well, he is responsible and I hold him to it.

su0000
su0000

Tony owes Genie nothing, she is only known now from once being with Tony..
The LnL saga, the couple is dead and buried..
Tony went on for decades without Laura to make a legend for himself, a soap icon with more Emmy’s than any other, he did that all by himself with no Laura .. 😉

The Laura character has stayed noticeable for once being with Tony ..

Harry
Harry

To whom are you speaking, SU00? Not every blog about Tony Geary should be an invitation for you to bash Laura.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

It’s interesting how you keep saying that, su0000—and how it doesn’t become any more true each time you say it.

Trying to convince yourself, maybe?

(Just to remind you of the actual facts, because some of us have actually been around while it was all going on: Genie was the undisputed young star of the show before Tony joined and was extraordinarily popular, she contributed as much to the early 80s success of the show as he did, and she’s been quite successful outside of GH independent of Tony. Tony’s been extremely successful—including the string of Emmys you mention; Genie’s been extremely successful; they’ve both been extremely successful, both together and apart, and the success of either has generally not depended on the other. Except that I do have to point out that when Tony came back in the early 90s without Genie, it didn’t work—the show had to persuade Genie to come back in order to make his return pay off in the ratings. Which it did–once Genie returned.)

megan
megan

I much prefer Laura to Luke, and Genie to TG. The men on this show for years were given favourable treatment and frankly, I haven’t liked a luke storyline since the end of LnL. He turned Luke into a self-centred, grating, ungrateful lout. I was happy to have Laura away from him but even happier now to have her on the show and Luke gone. He needs to stay gone.

As for who is more important to the show–Laura was always more important, but she left when not given the same treatment as Tony ie the privilege to leave for long vacations. It is the same reason that Vanessa Marcil and Tamara Braun left–Maurice, Tony, also Ingo–they all had much better contracts even when these women were as popular if not more. It is called misogyny and sexism.

Timmm
Timmm

Amen su baby!

ppage
ppage

Michael (not Fairman) and Megan, RIGHT ON!!! You are so right! Actually, Genie & Vanessa (not sure about Tamara) were much more successful (in terms of TV) than Tony or Maurice. I don’t think Tony liked Wendy Riche or Claire Labine because they were extremely talented women who wouldn’t take his B.S.
And Laura was extremely popular before TG was on GH. He was lucky to be paired with her – not saying he didn’t have his moments (he can be fun to watch from time to time), though he can definitely suck the oxygen out of the room when he’s on (kind of a selfish actor, wouldn’t you say!).
I’m so glad we have Genie and Roger Howarth on the show now – and NO Tony!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Genie is only known now for being with Tony? Sorry but that is just WRONG.

Unlike Tony who was a failure in any other endeavor BUT Luke, Genie was in two very successful mini series (Bare Essence and North and South) and also has a successful film franchise with Hallmark (the Note series). She also has a family.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Well, well, well! Talk about regrets! Looks like TG is getting cold feet about his long-voiced desire to shed the “burden” of Luke. Will wonders never cease! But wait–Laura DID get that letter from Luke address to “Angel.” S0 . . .the stage is set for a redo. But is it too late for that “redemption” of Luke (that TG always professed to hate)? A good story could do a lot towards that end. Would it be too much to hope that TG has suddenly gotten that “perspective” needed to appreciate what he had–and what the fans loved? Could TG ever reach back in that acting bag and find the funny, unique, playful Luke we loved so much? Don’t know! Maybe he thought about what Genie said in her “farewell” video to him: that she hoped he could find a way to be proud of his work? Retirement does a number on most people, it has been my observation. Suddenly, one can long for what they took for granted and thought they hated so much or wanted to be rid of. That old adage that you don’t know what you had until it’s suddenly gone could apply here. Remember Genie has said she wanted to work full time now that her children are grown. The possibilities . . . .! Perhaps Luke and Laura could run Kelley’s Diner–remember how funny and wonderful TG as Luke was cooking. Could he find that joy again? It’s not impossible! And, in the back of my mind is playing the idea that it might just have rubbed TG the wrong way when the audience was now wishing him GONE and when David Letterman was mocking the Fluke character–and “The Soup” was playing the clips of TG playing his father and they elicited humor. Gotta hurt that ego–anyone’s ego but most especially TG’s who always lets everyone know about his acting talents and the fact that the thought, early on, that he “deserved” the Emmys he won–and thought he should have won more early on. Maybe the tenacity and “hunger” he had as a young actor is still there and he would, once again, like to be popular with the audience and to go out on top someday rather than slinking away as he has done this time–with the hounds on his heels, as it were. Maybe he is just stubborn enough to “climb that hill” he climbed before. I don’t know though;does he still have the fire in his gut to do so? He would have to prove that once more to me, the longest and once the most tenacious of his fans and the most ferocious devotee of his work–and certainly the most fierce defender of the Luke and Laura love story, the romance of all time! Amen! PS Didn’t Genie Francis look simply lovely in that aqua dress today? One of her best colors. I’m waiting for the day she wears that beautiful lavender color she wore so often as young Laura–and,… Read more »

Harry
Harry

Love, love, love your post, Nancy. It’s very wise while managing to be optimistic and forgiving.
And yes, Genie was absolutely stunning today.
I sure hope she gives Lizzy the what for for keeping Jake’s identity secret.
Laura is always cooler than the other side of a pillow when she has to admonish someone for bad behavior.

Kathy
Kathy

Did you hear Laura tell Carly that she had met with Elton for lunch or something? Awww….I would love it if they brought Elton back. He was so funny.

lellingw
lellingw

After Laura’s nice entrance when she first came back, the clothes she got were awful. This was the first day with better clothes, not perfect but much better. How is she supposed to survive? How does she make money?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Yeah, the Soup’s spoof of Tim Spencer made me laugh out loud. Ridiculous.

As another soapster said, “If Tony has such trouble with the writing and needs to control everything about the character he plays, then he needs to rent a theater, right a play and star in it.” Yep. On the money.

lisa
lisa

I would never want Tony to say never !
We’re pretty used to his history with the long hiatus.
I loved Luke paired with Laura back in the day – those were the stories of my youth ; as Laura was the love of Luke’s youth.
But Tracey ……she IS in my opinion Luke’s end game.
If GH were to end I’d want those two together.

Harry
Harry

Okay, now bring back Robert Scorpio and let the greatest bromance in soap history resume!

Ann
Ann

Robert needs to get in Sonny’s grill and “challenge” the mob fans..since Tony believes in challenging the audience. (sarcasm) From a writing and acting standpoint, I would love to see the strain that storyline would put on Robert and Luke’s friendship. And if Robert hooked up with Laura (even out of spite if nothing else) that would be priceless too.

su0000
su0000

hey Harry 🙂
I was thinking the same..
IF the new writers are the bringing vets type, and Tristin , for one, returns and its a good adventure story Tony will return for the story..

but–
from reading of the two new writers they do not do history and they do not do adventure..
They are snooze writers, so ya know…

hey! perhaps they will bring their Music Box story with them and Tristin and Tony can bring it to its end on GH LOL ahha! After all that year long story has never had an ending..
Or- Tristin and Tony could solve the Delia killing, that story has been going for years..
Those endings and are still open to continue on in GH !!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

That would be soap opera heaven, Harry! So many vets could/should come back. I would just lower expectations…even with our favorites the show would never be the same as years ago. As they say…”you can’t go home again…”..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks again, Harry–I agree!

k/kay
k/kay

Darn just when I thought it might be safe to start watching again! What he ran out of scotch already? Well my friend called this one when I get back home I owe her lunch.

Harry
Harry

Ha! Kay, that was very funny.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Please shut up already and go away! No return. Ever.

Just keep looking in your mirror everyday and you’ll stay in touch with your biggest fan. Here’s a tip: You’re not as great as you think you are. The guy on The Soup playing your “ghost dad” was a more convincing actor than you.

Finally, Luke was nothing without Luke & Laura!

I’m trying to be kind, but he just won’t shut up and go away! Now he’s already talking return?! No. Just. No.

Harry
Harry

Ha ha ha!! MB, love your rant.

Jenny
Jenny

Get over it, Tony will be back soon. Please go take your meds, you sound miserable.

Harry
Harry

Oh come on Jenny. I love Geary too, but MB has a point.
Moreover, I doubt Geary is coming back any time soon. I am sure that if it happens it ‘s a long time away and by then people might have gotten over their Fluke/Luke/Geary overdose.

boes
boes

Sounds like you missed a dose, or twelve, yourself.

Harry
Harry

Boes, your snark was unwarranted and rather baffling.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Jenny, I assure you I am appropriately medicated and very happy now that TG isn’t holding GH hostage in service of his overblown ego. There’s an old saying, “No one can miss you if you never leave.”

boes
boes

Well said

me3
me3

Lol! Best post ever.

Sandy
Sandy

Bring Anthony Geary back. Give him an explosive storyline to sink his teeth into. This soap needs an inventive writer and It was not RC. Save the character of Luke who only Anthony Geary can do. Save this soap!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

whatever…sigh!!!

Ray
Ray

I think Tony did some damage by making some less than cordial comments about the writing staff, some of the actors, etc. in his exit interviews. I understand that he wants to be known for his acting, but he came across as a diva in his exit interviews. I know he got tired of hearing about the Luke/Laura wedding, but it is a part of daytime history. Deal with it. It helped make you a lot of money and turned you into a superstar. It seems that celebrities who complain about fame need a dose of reality.

If an actor chooses to leave or retire, let the show focus on other actors and storylines. It did not help DOOL that Eileen Davidson came back for less than two weeks. It made everyone realize how much she is needed on the show. If Luke comes back for a short story arc, it makes the holes of a show seem more apparent.

I thought everything about Luke’s exit from Port Charles seemed rushed. Did Lucky disappear into the night? The final scenes with Tracy wrapped up too much story in one day. His scenes with Laura did not make anyone want more.

I wish Tony Geary the best, but as I have always said, “Don’t bite the hand the feeds you.”

Jay Keaveny
Jay Keaveny

Cue the Clash song Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

No thank you; his exit was long overdue, much like Ron’s, and a re-visit should not be made.

Bonnie
Bonnie

You people are really mean, yes it is interesting this flip side, but I love Tony. He also said months ago, when first announced that he was leaving they are leaving it open for a return. He really wanted the character to go up in a bang but they said no. If he does come back for a short return, I am thinking it will be several years.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Bonnie, some people commenting act like they never made a decision and then considered an alternative!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I think it’s more about the arrogance toward the fans, the vitriol he spewed in his interview with TV Insider, and the fact that he insists that it’s more about his fulfillment than it is about fans of the show. Fine. More power to him. I for one am sick of his ego and his attitude that he is the greatest gift to acting ever to hit the scene and that he owes us nothing other than what HE deems a good performance. Good Luck Tony, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

jeremy
jeremy

Be gone Already, Sorry!!!!!!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Oh for heaven’s sake… I have a new medical condition known as Tony Geary Fatigue Syndrome. Hasn’t he been leaving for like a year? I’m tired of what he thinks about Luke and about himself, I’m tired of what his co-stars think about Luke and about him. Now he’s gone all of 5 seconds and trying to push the door back open when he chose to slam it shut himself. And what will happen when he comes back for 6 weeks and doesn’t want to revisit Luke and Laura? We’ll go through all this again. His ship has sailed, he had an unbelievable run — now will he please enjoy his retirement and let GH move on.

su0000
su0000

ahhha!
I said;
At sometime somehow Tony would return, of course that is why Luke was not killed off he is now searching for himself, a new Luke 🙂 Just how Tony planed it..
It was obvious to me.
Tony will be back if and when his vet playmates return to play with him..
Ron would have gave his best to bring the old vets back, with the 2 new writers never going to happen.. They don’t do history (I heard that said many times)
So- It is a good possibility that Tony/Luke will not be back for awhile lol

It’s all in the soap game.. Everyone,
relax ..

Timmm
Timmm

su0000, your on fire! I agree with you, if they bring back Frisco and Scorpio, Luke is on board baby!

Linda Bussell
Linda Bussell

I would watch Tony Geary read the phone book ( do they still make those? ).

Donny
Donny

Wonderful news, I hope Tony Geary comes back. Give Luke Spencer a shocking storyline, maybe Luke can become a cross dresser lol. Why not? No sex change please.

Les
Les

After that exit…forget it. Time for Genie and others to shine!

Marko
Marko

Enough already. He left aNd should stay G O N E

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Could he have given us the chance to miss him first?

joyanna sprague
joyanna sprague

WOW, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE TONY COME BACK IN A GREAT STORY WITH ETHAN ; LUCKY AND ROBERT SCORPIO,GOING UP AGAINST STEFAN TO GET ROBIN BACK HOME TO PATRICK AND EMMA. NOW ANNA AND HOLLY IN THE MIX WOULD BE GREAT TOO. NOW THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT STORY.

megan
megan

Kill me now! I am fine with everyone but Luke coming back.

Timmm
Timmm

I cannot stand Ethan!

Brett
Brett

After how disrespectful he was about the writing team in his most recent interview, ABC ought to say ‘No thank you Tony’. What an ungrateful a-hole after all the years he’s had at GH. I hope he never comes back.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Well apparently they agreed with him about “the writer” since they just fired him…so I guess their termination trumps his ” disrespect.”

megan
megan

I agree with Brett, he is ungrateful, he does not deserve a return. As for the writing, he is partly responsible. He pushed for Fluke, he wanted dark, etc–everyone has pointed out his role. But he is always proud to claim to improve the writing, and never takes responsibility for the dreck that comes out. Interesting. TG is an entitled and arrogant man, with no respect for GH or the soap genre. He says he is tired, he has certainly exhausted my patience. I want him to enjoy a nice long retirement.

Ric
Ric

Please stay in Amsterdam & enjoy your retirement so I can enjoy GH!

Timmm
Timmm

Hurry the show is going to be cancelled soon without the likes of Mr. Geary!

LnL
LnL

Huh…Wth… We are already talking about a possible RETURN. Geez, this was all crafted to throw RC out the door. This has been a very exhausting week of soap news…LOL.

Haha.. to poster, He has already ran out of Scotch. I knew he wouldn’t be able to put the fame and attention behind him. Too much of a Diva.

Kel
Kel

I’m not super interested in seeing him anytime soon not in a mean way just in a lets all take a few years to think about stuff kind of way. If they ever got Jonathan Jackson to come back I’d like to see Geary act opposite him again but besides that his leaving is so fresh it just feels like the old bastard needs to cool down

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Kel, lol. I don’t agree with A word you said but the way you said it was worth it! Too funny!

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, I had the same reaction.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry…we’re starting to mind meld. Before you know it you’ll be defdnding Alexis and Sabrina…

Ces
Ces

Id welcome him back anyday!! Beats kiki, morgan, michael, sabrina, franco, nina, valerie, dante, lulu …… Am i missing anyone? Yeah, id trade all of those drips for one of Tony Geary!! Come back any time!!!

Ces
Ces

I’d like to add Elizabeth and “little Jake” to that list too!

lellingw
lellingw

Agreed to all. Those characters are so light weight and stupid. That Lulu is awful. She actually makes Valerie look better.

Timmm
Timmm

Now were talking!

Beth
Beth

I haven’t read all the comments, but I had to reply to this. I’ve never had any doubt that this “final goodbye” by Tony Geary, complete with PR blitz and interviews galore, wasn’t nearly as final as everyone and their grandmother made it out to be. And I’ve heard more than enough from Tony G. to last a lifetime, considering the inconsistent comments, rude remarks and egotistical statements he’s made, and I’m only referring to those interviews which have come out over the past 10 days. I’m sure we’ll be seeing him again, and then the PR blitz will return with news of him gracing us fans with his presence, but until then, I think I can do very well without seeing him again for a long, long, long time. Don’t hurry back too soon, Tony.

megan
megan

Well said Beth, completely agree. Don’t hurry back Tony!

Aden
Aden

Big shock! He will have to keep his US Medical Insurance valid somehow.

kelly
kelly

Ah… Aden, the Netherlands along with most of Europe has very good universal health care. And if TG wants US Medical Insurance he can more than afford to pay for it along with his condo in LA himself.

lellingw
lellingw

He is a European resident. He has national healthcare.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

TG’s said a number of times that his favorite writer through the years was Guza and that storylines like Luke running down Jake were the ones he most enjoyed; it’s not much of a secret that Luke’s turn toward the dark and twisted was crafted to keep TG happy and interested, as an actor.

If that’s what he means by the kind of story that would interest him and make it worth it for him to come back—no thanks, double no thanks, make that triple no thanks. Someone with his talent (and history with the show) theoretically should always be welcome, but that kind of tailoring the story to what he has wanted to play has done real damage to the show, and there’s nothing to be gained by doing it for a six-week stretch; the wreckage is not worth it. There could be all sorts of reasons Luke could come back that would make sense in regard to the ongoing story, and that viewers might enjoy, but I doubt they’d be the kinds of things that TG would find worthwhile.

me3
me3

This! I don’t think they’d give him that much power with a return so he may never agree to their terms anyway.

Aden
Aden

He got the big dark depressing last hurrah he wanted, but still wants the occasional paycheck and ego boost. He planned this one great! He is no Susan Flannery, whom he praised in the media for going out on her terms. She has not come grovelling back for some stint as Ghost Stephanie, although that would be infinitely entertaining!!

su0000
su0000

People..
try using ”comprehension” ok
Tony did not he was coming back. he said

;; “If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so.””

He ”may” come back ”for 6 weeks” IF the story is interesting..

6 weeks is not a stay on..
There is no story and there may never be a story that would interest Tony to even come back for 6 weeks..

geezuz people, anything to bitch and complain about ya deafly and blindly jump in to bitch about it ..
No harm has been done, it was simply a comment by Tony ..

Lew S.
Lew S.

But, you do it as well! Any chance you get to bash Genie Francis, even when it is not warranted (a majority of the time), you never miss the opportunity. This is an open forum and everyone is entitled to their opinion. So praise Tony and honor Ron Carlivati, because it is your right. But, let us express our thoughts as well. By the way, I think Tony did his best work, when partnered with Genie, except when it was revealed how Fluke came to be.

Timmm
Timmm

Tony’s best work was with Jane and Tristan.

Cathy
Cathy

Some superb moments with Genie, indeed. My goodness….In late 1980 when he’s trying to work at Kelly’s and Laura storms in there and confronts him and he doesn’t want to give in to her, but it’s killing him not to just hug her and take her back. Then later the same day when they run into each other in the park and she tells him she’s going to take his advice and give him his space and live on her own. I can’t really articulate the acting chemistry they had in those few years but I suspect it was something for aspiring acting students to study. That time frame is my favorite Laura. When the writers give her a strong, determined storyline, she shines. She showed Luke she could stand on her own and he suddenly became interested again..not to mention jealous anytime any man looked her way. I love a jealous Luke…hysterical. Later on, different writers came on board and sorta made Laura victim-ish again sometimes. If today’s writing team can make her strong and formidable again, bravo. As for Luke, if a phenomenal team of writers can get the booze and the prostitute funk off of him, he might be worth Laura’s time again one day. In the meantime, she needs someone other than Luke or Scott Baldwin for that matter. I can’t end this post without explaining one of the main reasons viewers get annoyed with Tony. Were it not for the first 20 years of interviews where he went into great detail of Luke’s backstory and how Laura is and will always be his humanity, viewers might not be so annoyed today. Love him or hate him, Tony does contradict himself and he probably always will. Like many actors, he’s conflicted and he is sensitive. Back in the day, he gave numerous interviews about the creation of Luke and how Luke could and would never be unfaithful to Laura. ..How Laura represented his hope and his salvation. HE built this magnificent love story only to blame the fans when the accolades started coming his way (of which he is uncomfortable). Perhaps deep down he is annoyed with himself for constructing something powerful enough to forever ruin his anonymity; and the LnL fans are his constant reminder of this so-called failure. Even though he and Jane are incredibly talented and have chemistry, nothing they construct will ever compare. I think these last 9 years he’s been trying to construct something to help the fans “forget” LnL but it’s impossible. Like Genie, my wish for him is that one day he will find peace with what he built and he will find pride in it instead of dread and shame. He has a lot to be proud of and I wish that for him.

Les
Les

Bravo Cathy!

boes
boes

PLease don’t ever bring him back. Luke is not an “infinitely interesting guy” – and he’s certainly not portrayed by a good actor. The biggest thing about Geary is his ego – which is huge, but filled with nothing but hot air.
The guy spent the last several years dissing the character that paid his bills for almost 40 years, letting one and all know that he was too good to play the part. So now that he’s gone, just let him go.

Geary was never more than a mediocre has-been with an outsized ego. Let him rant and rave in Amsterdam, where he can safely be ignored.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

boes, I can always count on you to be the voice of reason. You could almost see his head literally inflating like a balloon with each “exit” interview. His “acting” was so hamfisted I craved bacon each time he appeared on my screen. Now I know why Heather would do anything for a BLT.

Mary SF
Mary SF

OMG– this is why I was really getting sick of the hype and endless coverage of his so called goodbye– because I knew this would happen—I am growing almost as weary of soap actors coming back when they said they were done as I am of soap characters coming back from the dead.

su0000
su0000

Hi Mary..
Thing is..
Most all soap actors who leave a soap leave the door open, it is commonly done..
Even the ones who were killed off are apt to return, the actor knows that too.
It has been that way with soaps forever, I’d think..
Tony left the door open, too.. No different than the others who have done the same..
Tony did not say he is coming back
He said he ”may” if the story was interesting to him, and then only for a ”6 week run”, no big deal
I highly doubt the 2 new snore writers could even write an adventure that could entice Tony back.. nope.. lol

Anyways.. it was just a comment and nothing is happening and may well not happen..

I will miss Luke 🙁 ..

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

su0000,

I am interested in knowing why it is that you think the majority of posters on here do not understand show business? You seem to feel the need to explain everything to everyone who disagrees with your opinion. For example, Mary SF, has been posting on this board longer than you have and, from all accounts, appears to be a highly intelligent person. So I do not understand why you have to explain to HER that all actors leave the door open. I think she knows that as do the majority of us.

I really wish you would just stick to your opinions instead of the explanations on others’ posts.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m glad Geary is keeping the door open. Jackie Zeman, in her interview, indicated he might make a return one day. Who knows. Once he’s really removed from GH, the United States, his home here…and gets really acclimated to making Amsterdam his permanent residence…he may just let go and really start anew. It could be just fear talking…a little bit of a security blanket so as not to make such a drastic change cold turkey. Keeping a door open, even if you never intend on stepping through it, makes letting go easier.

On the other hand, he may truly mean it. Instead of living in the States and traveling to Amsterdam…maybe he’ll be so happy there that the luxury of popping in to see old friends and meld with Luke one or a few more times might be the best of both worlds for him.

Time will tell p; I’d enjoy seeing him still connected in some way. He should skype!

Ces
Ces

He could Skype Tracy from Amsterdam 🙂
Well said Rebecca

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Ces!

ppage
ppage

What an ego! Basically “I’ll return if it suits me – if I get a story I like”…….
Go away. You made your choice!

Timmm
Timmm

Hollywood is filled with egos!

irene
irene

Soap media is delusional over Tony Geary to the point that the main stream media has thought it necessary to join in. Do they realize the viewers are so over him as a whole. Go enjoy your retirement and don’t come back.

oak55
oak55

They are all full of BS. Sure you can come back. Just make sure someone ELSE write your ending.

oak55
oak55

*writes

Angel89
Angel89

You must come back b4 Laura reads the letter, lol. Don’t listen to the BS. BUT, next time must be with a better ending –with a full hour focused on you.

megan
megan

Angel I cannot cosign.

TG, you are not wanted, you had your run, you made a lot of money, pushed down a lot of bad stories to fulfil your own ego rather than entertain the fans. You were ungrateful to the show and the writers that made you. You are not welcome back!

Buggeroo
Buggeroo

People are just upset because they didnt get a full hour episode with flashbacks. Of course, we want a re-do.

JR
JR

For an example of leaving with class i would have to use Allison Sweeney and Susan Flannery of those who have shown great class when they both left their shows after spending more than two decades on them. It’s a shame that a man who brought so much joy to his fans didn’t seem to find much for himself all those years.

LindaTNo1
LindaTNo1

Anthony Geary is a classless actor. I agree that Susan Flannery is the best example of retiring with class and dignity. She was decisive and on point. Soaps do continue after retirement, sickness and death of beloved actors portraying beloved characters.

Jane
Jane

Then bring Jonathan Jackson back too IF his current show ends or time he’s not shooting his show. I thought Geary said he didn’t want to die on set.

laura
laura

I hope we are miss reading his comments, I take it to mean when he said he’s sick of Luke and Laura, is that they have both done so many other things and that that is the only thing fans remember, it has to hurt that everything else goes unnoticed. Luke and Tracey have made me laugh, and I think they were great together. their good bye made me cry more than any other. we all get sick of our jobs and need a break, he is 68, it may not seem that hard but I’m sure its long days. I hope he does come back for visits, Genie left years ago, Robin left years ago. And I’m sure the stories get hard to write, same old same old. Valerie will be pregnant by Dante, she’ll keep it. maybe Valerie will die and Lulu will have to raise it. That’s the Monica, Susan, Alan (Baby Jason) story. They cant have baby die they just did that, baby cant be kid napped just did that, can’t be switched, So Tony I hope we see you again.

su0000
su0000

I love Jane and Tony!
Luke and Tracy are natural and age appropriate..
They also have been been married and had many intense and funny loving moments,,
When Helena poisoned Luke and he was dying Tracy went to save him!

Luke and Tracy have ‘decades’, decades more togetherness than Luke n Laura ever had, for sure..
Tracy and Luke have their magic ! 🙂
I really love them together!

I can hardly wait for RC’s last month to play out, he was back on track and giving us some old fashioned great Ron stuff 🙂

Aden
Aden

Uh, Su, lay off the tequila. Luke and Tracy have been canoodling for nearly 10 years. Since 2005. Luke and Laura have 37 years of history, including 20 solid years of marriage with few separations.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Aden,

I don’t think it is tequila. There are rumors on another board that the above poster is actually an intern for ABC. I would tend to agree, although somehow who needs to learn how to form paragraphs and sentence structure.

It’s not worth arguing. Life is too short.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

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Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

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Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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